Date of Issue
August 20, 1899
Perforation or Dimension
American Bank Note Company, Ottawa.
Portrait engraved by Charles Skinner.
A new 2-cent stamp in carmine colour was issued to replace the purple 2- cent stamp of this series, upon exhaustion of the stock of surcharged stamps. The decorative and symbolic use of the maple leaves on the Diamond Jubilee commemorative and the regular issues of 1897 met with instant public approval. But the designers of the Maple Leaves issue failed to give sufficient prominence to the denominations in words rather than figures. As a result, the public was not able to distinguish the face values quickly. The Post Office Department accordingly modified the design and prepared a new issue of postage stamps. Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, from a photograph by Messrs. W. & D. Downey, London, England, and taken in 1897 for the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 36, 40.
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